By law (Education Code Section 60800), school districts in California are required to administer the Physical fitness Test (PFT) annually to all students in grades five, seven, and nine. The state-designated PFT is the FITNESSGRAM, developed by The Cooper Institute. The FITNESSGRAM is a set of tests desgined to evaluate health-related fitness and to assist students in establishing lifetime habits of regular physical activity.
The purpose of the 2008-09 California Physicall Fitness Test: Overview Packet of School Districts and Schools is to provide school district and school test administrators and their staffs with the resources and information they need to prepare for and conduct the administration of the PFT; inform students and parents and guardians about the PFT; and help teachers, students, and their parents or guardians understand and use the PFT results. The resources also are designed to help communicate the importance of physical fitness for all students and to assist in bringing teachers, students, and their parents or guardians together to help students develop a lifelong commitment to physical activity. All of the assistance materials in this packet are available as separate downloadable files.
For more information and resources about the Physical Fitness Test, visit the CDE Physical Fitness Testing Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/pf